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Plans to allow police to use juvenile volunteers in sting operations to catch out bottleshop owners selling alcohol to children are set to be considered as part of a review of the Liquor Control Act.

Currently illegal in WA, "controlled purchase operations" allow police to send in an underage volunteer to buy alcohol and gather evidence.

Although the State Government has previously rejected the idea, Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron said no area relating to liquor licensing would be off limits during the review of the Act.

"The minister has indicated that the review of the Liquor Control Act will be a full review and no issues relevant to the legislation will be excluded," a spokesman for Mr Waldron said.

The review, which is due before the end of the year, comes amid a surge in alcohol-fuelled violence, including a string of out-of-control parties which prompted a Government push for tougher laws.

Commissioner for Children and Young People Michelle Scott said controlled purchases had proved a success in other countries.

McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth director Mike Daube said expanded powers were a necessary tool for police.

The West Australian

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